With the recent release of Zadie Smith’s 69 page The Embassy of Cambodia, and the short story writer Alice Munro’s recent Nobel win, the novelty of the novella is finally being recognised again. In today’s world we don’t seem to have the time to sit down and read Dickens for pleasure. Instead we make do with short, quick, instant gratification in the form of twitter, Facebook, or even just a quick game of Temple Run. But with more short fiction being published we haven’t got an excuse for eschewing literature any longer. So try out a little culture and next time you’re loitering by Waterstones (or more realistically on a student budget, That Stall on The Market), choose a skinny tome and have a good read. Munro’s Queenie is probably the shortest of the lot (so small it could fit inside a clutch bag), but if you’re looking for a classic then try D.H. Lawrence’s The Virgin and The Gypsy or Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own.